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Deadly fashions

From breathtaking bodices to flammable frocks, these historical clothing and beauty trends really were to die for…

KILLER HEELS

PLATFORM SHOES

This staple of the 1970s was more dangerous than coming down with Saturday Night Fever. The heels put the wearer at risk of stumbling over and injuring themselves during a bout of enthusiastic dancing. Many celebrities, including Naomi Campbell and Spice Girl Emma Bunton have been embarrassed (and hurt) as they fell victim to the high-soled shoes.

The arsenic used in dress-making caused rashes, skin lesions and, in the worst cases, death
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This is the December 2017 issue of History Revealed.